ILOCOS NORTE - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of Region I has encouraged prisoners to bravely take legal actions when they think their human rights are being violated behind bars.
Atty. Anna Leah Romero of CHR Region I said prisoners, with the help of their families, can directly report incidents of violence to the CHR's office for further investigation and legal action.
"In case may violation, pwede silang lumapit sa mga agencies, sa mga tanggapan ng gobyerno at isa na po doon ang Commission on Human Rights Region I or sa main office namin sa Metro Manila", Romero said.
[In case there are violations, they can approach agencies, government offices, including the Commission on Human Rights in Region I or in our main office in Metro Manila.]
According to Romero, alleged torture suffered by some prisoners is the most common human rights violation being reported to their office.
She added that it is important for families of inmates to regularly visit and monitor them.
The CHR Region I team is in Ilocos Norte conducting a 2-day training on the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to penal management, including jail officers from Laoag and Batac City Jail Centers.
The training, which started on Wednesday, specifically aims to train CHR officers develop a holistic understading of the jail and prison conditions and capacitate them on how to introduce the HRBA to penal management.